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Old 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I'll be able to buy one of those in 2014! Woo-hoo!

Unfortunately, I can't afford most of them ...
Look out for retired Napoleon/Stalin types on the HOA! My folks ("kids" compared to some of their neighbors) required handicapped accessiblity earlier than expected and bought in one of those 55+ places. Now they can't wait to get out from under the thumb of a few of these too-much-time-on-their-hands types.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Because we're trying to be frugal, most of us have student loans that we want to get rid of as soon as possible, not to mention other every day bills. Walking is also healthy so if you can walk somewhere or grab a bus or train, why not? It's cheaper as well. I wish I was in an area where public transportation was abundant and operating 24/7, then I really would not need to buy a car, but where I'm at, every thing is so spread out, and public transportation does not go to certain areas, and it stops at certain hours, and the train doesn't run at all during the weekend.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Look out for retired Napoleon/Stalin types on the HOA! My folks ("kids" compared to some of their neighbors) required handicapped accessiblity earlier than expected and bought in one of those 55+ places. Now they can't wait to get out from under the thumb of a few of these too-much-time-on-their-hands types.
Yeah, the likelihood that I'd buy in an HOA development is slim-to-none, unless it was a high rise or apartment-style condo, and there wouldn't be any way I could paint my shutters with pink polka dots anyway.

Because I'm just that type of person.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Yeah, the likelihood that I'd buy in an HOA development is slim-to-none, unless it was a high rise or apartment-style condo, and there wouldn't be any way I could paint my shutters with pink polka dots anyway.

Because I'm just that type of person.
Good. I bought my mom a little birdfeeder once and she forbid me from putting it up until I sought the approval of the board. Oh well it's the thought that counts!
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Because we're trying to be frugal, most of us have student loans that we want to get rid of as soon as possible, not to mention other every day bills. Walking is also healthy so if you can walk somewhere or grab a bus or train, why not? It's cheaper as well. I wish I was in an area where public transportation was abundant and operating 24/7, then I really would not need to buy a car, but where I'm at, every thing is so spread out, and public transportation does not go to certain areas, and it stops at certain hours, and the train doesn't run at all during the weekend.
Yep. True in most places, unfortunately.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I was looking for this one specific article from the Washington Post on gentrification (of which there are many) where this long-time resident is basically quoted saying:

"If they want families to live here, then start building places for families to live in. I can't raise a family in a damn studio apartment."

So maybe there wouldn't be an impression that cities are for the young if larger units were constructed?
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:28 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Look out for retired Napoleon/Stalin types on the HOA! My folks ("kids" compared to some of their neighbors) required handicapped accessiblity earlier than expected and bought in one of those 55+ places. Now they can't wait to get out from under the thumb of a few of these too-much-time-on-their-hands types.
My niece had a similar problem in her condo community for everyone in Colorado Springs. She was on the board and there was another woman who had way too much time on her hands, complained about every little thing, took pictures of the high school kids (who went to school across the street) making out, having s** on the grounds, etc.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Ypsilanti
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This has turned into a senior citizen discussion lol. Around 50 and up is not exactly young. I think I read someone say young people move to cities just for nightlife, it's more than that. I don't know about everyonelse, but there is different energy in a city. Some like it some don't.

I remember when my parents and I first went to NYC, I was 16, I was like I wanna live in a place like this lol, they were surprised and said this isn't really a place to live, to expensive and more of a vacation destination.

Safety is a bit overexaggerated too when I talk about it with my parents, Im a safe person within reason, but safety alone, to me isn't worth being in such a secluded place. Plus it's not like you'll get shot or whatever walking down the street in "x" city. My mom feared me meeting bad women as well.

It's more than just bars, there really isn't anything like that where I'm from, so when I go to a city it's like an adrenaline rush, to see something so full of life.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Better for me,less traffic
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I was looking for this one specific article from the Washington Post on gentrification (of which there are many) where this long-time resident is basically quoted saying:

"If they want families to live here, then start building places for families to live in. I can't raise a family in a damn studio apartment."

So maybe there wouldn't be an impression that cities are for the young if larger units were constructed?

There are lots of new buildings in DC with 2BR+den units. When I grew up I knew a middle class family of four who lived in a 2BR apt. And a family of 5 in a 3BR apt.

The new 2BR+den units are expensive - but not more expensive on a per sq ft basis than the studios, I think.

So thats just another variation on "the rent is too damn high".
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